States Band Association (MSBA)
is a consortium of High School band organizations in and around the
Dayton Ohio area. There are no "official" membership
requirements: MSBA supports many High School band and guard units
through sanctioned invitational competitions and a championship show
at the end of the marching season. You can find out more about
Mid-States at their website: www.midstatesba.org.
A band may enter the event in Festival Class (taped
evaluation only) or in
one of four (4) competitive classes according to a band’s total
number of wind and percussion members. Competitive classes are
determined as follows:
- Music General Effect #1 (20 points)
Judges: there will be two Performance judges at all MSBA
shows weighted as follows:
- Music Performance (20 points)
may be one Auxiliary judge at MSBA shows. The auxiliary score will be
for an auxiliary award: the auxiliary score does NOT count in the
total band score.
of America (BOA)
of America is the nation's leading presenter of music events for high
school band students. Bellbrook typically attends two of the BOA
regional events around the country and the Grand Nationals event in
Indianapolis Indiana. Regional
events usually include 30-35 bands in various classes and the Grand
Nationals event usually includes 80-90 bands in the same
are classified by school enrollment, grades 10-12 only.
Those classifications are:
Class A is 600 students and less
As a result, Bellbrook competes in class 'AA' at BOA events whereas we compete in 'Open' class at Mid-States events.
Judging the competition
events consist of a preliminary performance and a 'finals'
performing band is judged based on the criteria below during their
preliminary performance. At the end of the preliminary performances, each
band is given a divisional rating, one (I) being the top rating and
five (V) the lowest. In
addition, for each class (A, AA, AAA), top awards in Visual, Music,
and General Effect are presented and the first, second and third place
band for each class are announced (based on overall ranking
within each class).
the divisional and class award announcements, the top 10 bands (12 at
Nationals) regardless of their class are announced to perform
in 'finals' (as based on overall ranking within the performing bands).
Those bands then perform in the evening and are evaluated again
using the criteria below. At
the completion of finals, awards are given among those performing in
finals for best visual, best music and best general effect.
The finalist bands are then ranked according to overall score.
20 points - Music Performance Individual
(on the field)
Music Performance scores are averaged, the Visual Performance scores
are averaged, then those averages are added to the General Effect
total, any penalties subtracted, to arrive at a final score (maximum
100). The adjudication
system is based on a positive score: points are not deducted for
miscues (dropped weapons, falls, etc.).
In fact, a band can earn "bonus points" for recovery
techniques (minimizing the visual effect of the miscue).
You can take pictures or video of the Bellbrook band at Mid-states competitions for non-commercial use only. You may also take pictures at BOA events.
However, YOU MAY NOT VIDEO OR AUDIO TAPE ANY BAND, INCLUDING BELLBROOK, AT BOA EVENTS. DOING SO COULD RESULT IN OUR BAND'S DISQUALIFICATION.
is NOT an attempt by BOA to force you into purchasing their tapes.
There are complex rules associated with copyrights and royalty
payments of professional music at public, for-profit events.
As a result, NO VIDEO OR AUDIO TAPING is allowed at BOA events.
professionally video tapes all bands at their events. You can purchase videos of the bands the day of the
event or through pre-sales (forms will be sent home with students
during the marching season). At
Grand Nationals, a limited number of "instant videos" are
available - tapes that you can take home about an hour after the
ordered tapes are usually delivered near Christmas.
addition to the video tapes, BOA (through their assigned
photographers) will provide a number of on-field candid shots of
students and groups during the show.
These pictures are usually sent to the band director about 7-10
days after the event. Students are encouraged to look through the candids
and show them to their parents. Ordering
information is included with each picture.
will also provide a number of "high camera" shots of the
band taken during our Grand Nationals performance.
These are usually made available at the fall awards banquet for
parents to view and order. BOA
will also take formal group shots of the band, guard and drumline at
Grand Nationals. Students
will be given ordering information at the time the pictures are taken.
event tickets can be obtained at the event ticket booth.
Group sales are also announced at booster
tickets can be purchased on-line at www.bands.org.
General admission tickets can also be purchased at the event.
excellent way to find out more about tickets for competitions is at
booster meetings. Sitting with a group of Bellbrook fans during a
competition adds to the fun. Booster meetings are a great place to
find out who else is going to be attending the competitions.
is a matter of personal choice if you want to stay near the
competitions (especially the two in Indianapolis). Some boosters
prefer to be close to the stadium, others prefer to try to be closer
to the band hotel. Ask a booster leadership member or a veteran
booster parent if you would like recommendations for hotels. Hotels
fill up rapidly for Regionals and Grand Nationals so be sure to book
to booster meetings, watch your child’s itinerary, watch the
marching band website.
Music boosters sell many souvenirs. These include both band related
(show theme memorabilia) and general Bellbrook school souvenirs such
as shirts, hats, and stadium seats. Souvenirs are sold at the home
football games. You can also get souvenirs from the Booster member in
charge of souvenirs.